During a week in the spring in 2018 I traveled to get together with my Holler Jake bandmate Evie Andrus to experiment with the combination of tap dancing and fiddle tunes. The videos were released weekly on Holler Jake’s facebook page, and are now available for your enjoyment on my portfolio page here.
Back in January 2017 I wrote about the TiltBrush Artist in Residence program, and some of the work I produced while there. The idea of combining tap dance and virtual reality is very new. It’s so new that when I was invited to produce a 360 video to celebrate a recent collaboration between Google Arts and Culture and Deutsche Grammophon, I wondered if anyone else had already done something similar. While many other dance companies have experimented with 360 videos, I’m so happy to have partnered with Windrider Institute to produce the first 360 video of a tap dancer. Check out the complete video in my portfolio here. Use Google’s cardboard to get the full virtual reality experience.
Hop on over to Holler Jake’s Facebook Page to see a brand new video featuring Andrew and fiddler Evie Andrus. Their duo performance of Back Up and Push is on Holler Jake’s new album The Waiting that just came out this month (only available at live concerts). Check out the video for a live rendition.
There are two kinds of people in the world: those who give special days importance, and those who believe everyday is special. I tend to lean towards the latter, however I get the disposition of celebrating special days. Back in 1989 the federal government of the United States passed a bill designating May 25, 1989 National Tap Dance Day. Ever since, celebrations have occurred nationally and internationally.
Over the years the celebrations of the day have expanded to include the whole month of May. It’s one big party, which is awesome. But did you know that the idea for National Tap Dance Day first came out of a set of course requirements for a young graduate student at George Washington University? I didn’t, until I started doing research for one of the Tap Legacy™ Foundation’s resources.
Want to know the whole story? Check out how National Tap Dance day came to be here.